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'Walkabout' rescued at sea 414 miles from Oahu

On Aug. 11, Ben Nealy (61), Lee Nealy (22) and Mike Vanway (22) were rescued at sea when their sailboat “Walkabout” was caught in 92 to 115 mph winds and 30-foot seas caused Hurricane Julio. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, their life raft and one of their hatches were blown overboard and the 42-foot boat was taking on water. The men were 414 miles northeast of Oahu, underway from Stockton, Calif., to Honolulu, Hawaii.

Two Hercules airplanes dropped life rafts and bilge pumps but the crew was unable to retrieve them in the rough conditions. They were rescued by a 661-foot Matson container ship on Monday, Aug. 11.

“Walkabout” is still drifting in the Pacific.

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